Comment of the Week – 6.28.2014

It's that time again!
It’s that time again!

Comment of the week is back (and so am I)!  You may remember me, Cilantro, a runner (obviously) and a beginning ultrarunner.  I disappeared a bit after a disappointing finish (or lack thereof) at the END-Sure 100k and dedicated myself to finishing my second year of my PhD.  My course load is lighter this summer, and I finished my first 50-miler last weekend, so I think it’s safe to say that I’m back. This time, for good.

Along with the epic-ness that is the World Cup, it’s time to announce a comment that we really enjoyed.  Since it’s been so long since the last award, let’s call this the comment of the month. Who won the prize?

This month, we really appreciated Liz’s comment on Salty’s Why do we do this to ourselves? post.  She said:

We can’t dictate our fitness or race times unless we’re willing to knowingly undershoot. But, we can do the work – and love the doing – letting the chips fall where they may. As my tagline says, “Pace sera sera.” Glad you’re back!

We really loved that tagline.  For me, it’s become an informal one too!

When I let Liz know she had won the prize, here’s what she had to say:

Inspired while watching Joan Benoit’s performance in the 1984 Olympics, my friend and I immediately went outside and ran mile as fast as we could. It took us almost 10 minutes, not the 5-something those ladies were running. We walked home panting and shelved our running aspirations.

I finally got off my duff and took up running 5 years ago at the age of 40, when I learned about the opportunity to run all day & night in some crazy event called the Burning River 100.  Since that time, I’ve somehow managed to complete a bunch of ultras, but not without suffering repeated bouts of Too Much Too Soon. I continue to run and “compete” with the hope that one of these events will actually be Fun.

Liz's first 100M finish
Liz’s first 100M finish


Currently, I’m a 3:14 marathoner who’s feeling a not-so-vague dissatisfaction with that.  I’ve found that I love training and hate being injured. Consequently, I’ve become a Maffetone disciple and Lydiard fan … (mostly) patiently building the foundation for my “breakout” race while trying not to panic. Like many runners, I have a blog. Like many of those running bloggers, my blog is defunct.  So, I’ll link you to one of my favorite online running resources –  It’s a training log and running community rolled into one, with forums and user groups for every interest and personality.

Thanks to Liz for my new saying, an awesome comment, and to all of you for reading and commenting!

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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    1. Thank you! No, I had class that day, so I did the Trail Rail 50M that ended in St. Regis, MT! I do want to do the Superior 100M though…